Parasols > Chlorophyllum rhacodes

Chlorophyllum rhacodes

Chlorophyllum rhacodes
(Shaggy Parasol, Macrolepiota rachodes, Lepiota rachodes)


Grows on the ground in grass near trees often found under Gambel's Oak and Ponderosa pine in Colorado. Typically from 6000-8000ft in elevation.


Starting in a ball shape. As they age they form a brown spotting pattern on the cap. The stalk forms a bulbous base with a thick ring. When sliced fresh they stain a reddish color. They can be easily confused with the look-a-like green spored parasol which is very poisonous. See Chlorophyllum molybdites (poisonous). Be sure to make a spore print and verify that it is white for edibility. Young caps have the best flavor. Chlorophyllum brunneum is a similar look-a-like also with white spores. They can also be confused with another common look-a-like the Shaggy Mane (Coprinus comatus) which is not related.



Spore Print

White to Yellow





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Last Updated

Feb 10 2023 11:19 PM

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